YouTube member MattsMacintosh throws up a review of the cheap Polaroid target shooter style rig [Thanks Matt]. This little rig popped up a few months ago, but it's still a decent buy for small camera shooters. If you have to travel with a small gear bag, the unit breaks down to just a few pieces. Prices on this unit have been steady at just under $60 bucks via Amazon (click here).
Polaroid Rig / Aputure Magic Rig Target Shooter style Stabilizer
DSLR Video Stabilizer with Gun Stock » CheesyCam
I'm kinda new to DSLR rigs and am unfamiliar with the 15 mm system. I'd love to get one of these, but any advice on picking-up parts like a spare handle to customize it as shown later in the vid?
At less than $60 including shipping this rig really is a no-brainer. I've only used it a couple of times as an actual rig mind you - I'm generally using it by re-purposing the parts to add quick release accessories using the short rods and brackets. It's great for mounting an external monitor and a digital field recorder amongst other things.
I bought one of these a while back as well and love it. A great run & gun setup. Materials are great for its price, but the plate and holder is left to be desired. Luckily I can use it with my Zacuto viewfinder's gorilla base plate and bypass the entire quick release/plate. The handle grip is a bit plasticky cheap, but it has not broken on me yet. Easy to fit in a backpack, and I have heard of people purchasing two in order to make a dual chest support/dual handle or cheap rails for their camera since they are industry standard sized.
A great cheap entry level rig for anyone who wants a better smoother shot. It still takes skill to move with, but the results are worth it.
I have one of these and I actually love using it on a short shoot, or one where you just need that quick shot stuck in the corner! Just used it on Saturday night on a shoot. I pull it out more often then my gini rig.
The only problem with it is you have to make sure everything is tight or something will slip on you and you could be in trouble.